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Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library

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Diane: It's Twin Peaks Day

February 24, 2021

Fans of David Lynch’s cult 1990-91 primetime television show celebrate February 24 as Twin Peaks Day—the day FBI Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.


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We Are the Robots!

February 17, 2021

Happy birthday robots! The word "robot" is now 100 years old, as first introduced in Karel Čapek’s dystopian play R.U.R.


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Happy Birthday, Alice Cooper!

February 04, 2021

When he’s not onstage, shock-rock legend Alice Cooper, 73, is pretty mellow these days. He lives in Phoenix and plays a lot of golf, which he credits with helping him get and stay sober decades ago without the need of a 12-step program.


Kevin Young and his book African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song alongside Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, Kevin Young and African American Poetry

February 01, 2021

African American History Month begins today; on February 1 we also celebrate the birthday of Langston Hughes, one of the most powerful voices in American poetry.


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Wikipedia is 20 (aka Wiki Wiki Birthday)

January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today.


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Underground Music Legends We Will Miss

January 06, 2021

Some truly beloved pop music stars passed away in 2020, including Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, and Bill Withers, and many others as well. I would like to shine a light on some lesser-known but favorite musicians of mine who left us this past year: MF DOOM, Harold Budd, Tony Allen, and Peter Green.


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Ghost Stories at Christmastime

December 16, 2020

Ghost stories have been shared as long as we have wondered what happens to us after we die, and sought to connect with spirits of the departed. Midwinter is the perfect time for them. The nights grow long and dark, and winter weather brings us together to huddle around the fire and share tales.


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A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 09, 2020

The first Charlie Brown television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, debuted on CBS on December 9, 1965.


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Friday the 13th: Library Edition

November 13, 2020

The ill-omened day is at hand! Or is it? In Spanish and Greek culture, Tuesday the 13th is the ill-omened day, and in Italy, it’s Friday the 17th. Well, at least we can agree that the number 13 is ill-omened? Or Friday? Although for those who live for the weekend, Friday is propitious.


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Which Witch is Which? Witches in History: Salem and Beyond

October 29, 2020

Over the years, the witch has become a popular figure and costume choice for our modern commercialized holiday rituals.


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